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What does micro-dairy farming look like? Find out on a brand new episode of The Farm Report. Host Erin Fairbanks is joined by Steven Judge, Founder, President, CEO of Bob-White Systems, Inc. Bob-White Systems, a company established in Vermont, serves the rapidly emerging micro-dairy market. They offer equipment, supplies, technology, and resources to enable dairy farmers to build appropriately scaled and community based sustainable businesses. Tune in and get some incredible insights into the world of micro-dairy farming, the world of milk production , regulation and the future of dairy distribution technology. This program was brought to you by Bonnie Plants.

"Micro-dairy farming is 10 animals or less on a dairy farm. The concept is to keep your operation at a scale where you can sell all your milk directly to consumers and maintain control of your milk and its price." [02:00]

"The current [dairy] delivery system is largely obsolete, especially in these days when energy costs are so high. It deserves a re-think - we can make some improvements." [05:00]

"US Dairy farmers are extremely intelligent and efficient - they can produce a lot of milk for not much money and as a result the milk supply in this country is in a constant state of over supply." [28:00]

--Steve Judge on The Farm Report


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Andy Hatch is responsible for one of the most ubiquitous cheeses on counters and menus across the country - Pleasant Ridge Reserve. He's the guy behind Uplands Cheese Company, a seasonal grass-based dairy farm. Uplands is unique in a number of ways: it follows the "Alpine pattern" of milking, and its a place where cows harvest their own feed, spread their own manure, and give the farmer a bit of a break in the hard labor department. Tune into a conversational and candid episode of Cutting the Curd as host Greg Blais chats with Andy about everything from business growth to American cheese culture. This program was brought to you by The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.

"We're a Pleasant Ridge Reserve farm. Everything we do is geared around that grazing season and producing the most beautiful milk we can for that cheese." [21:00]

--Andy Hatch on Cutting the Curd


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Tune in to a special episode of The Farm Report as Erin Fairbanks talks labor and workers rights with author and activist Margaret Gray. Margaret is the winner of the 2014 Association for the Study of Food and Agriculture Book of the Year Award as well as the author of Labor and the Locavore, which focuses on one of the most vibrant local food economies in the country, the Hudson Valley that supplies New York restaurants and farmers markets. Based on more than a decade’s in-depth interviews with workers, farmers, and others, Gray’s examination clearly shows how the currency of agrarian values serves to mask the labor concerns of an already hidden workforce. Margaret also explores the historical roots of farmworkers’ predicaments and examines the ethnic shift from Black to Latino workers. With an analysis that can be applied to local food concerns around the country, this book challenges the reader to consider how the mentality of the alternative food movements implies a comprehensive food ethic that addresses workers’ concerns. Tune in for an incredibly insightful conversation on the state of workers rights in the farming community. This program was brought to you by Heritage Foods USA.

"I never would have anticipated that my book would become a food studies book. It was a little more academically oriented around social movement issues but then I saw an amazing opportunity to have a conversation with people interested in food." [3:20]

"The farmers I talk to are very explicit [in saying] 'We don't want American workers and we don't want our Latino workers to be Americanized.' Some of the structural issues are around the way laws are designed and the power dynamics around the farms. " [21:00]

"The intimacy that we have from buying from small local farmers translates in a way into the relationships those farmers have with their workers." [22:00]

--Margaret Gray on The Farm Report


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